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Michelle G.

North Hollywood, CA

Get ready to book work because after you train with me you'll understand how to break down a scene, develop a character, make interesting and truthful choices, engage your emotional instrument, and truly be Captivating to watch on the big screen. I will prep you for auditions, teach you different camera techniques (close us vs 3/4 shot, vs master shot), and so much more. I have a rich background in various acting techniques as well as great insight from the many directors and coaches I have worked with in my own professional career.

About Michelle

VOCAL COACH
Rehabilitating and strengthening voices are two of my top specialties, and each lesson will have specific exercises tailored to helping you transform your voice into the highest and best version of your instrument. I work with singers signed to labels as well as the indie artist just starting to find his/her voice, style, and signature sound. My coaching approach incorporates some of the newest technologies that have shown extraordinary results in breaking down the inner blocks of each artist. It is a tremendously joyful and fulfilling experience to watch as my students really let
their instrument shine brightly, boldly, and with an aboslutely stunning groundedness as they discover how powerful they truly are.

MUSICIAN/SONGWRITER/PERFORMER

Poised, energized, and armed with unforgettable performance ability, Michelle G. is a firework in the artistic arena. Her training began at the young age of 3 with the violin, and a few years later received classes for piano and voice. Excelling in all three, Michelle developed a very passionate and dramatic personality that eventually led her to more dramatic genres such as opera and stage acting. Her aptitude to understand human emotions and relationships gives her a wide spectrum to play in as an actress. There is an organic flow to her interpretations both as an actress and musician that leads the audience to feel her emotional current. Her honest characterizations introduce deeper perspectives on what seems like the ordinary roles and storylines. Amongst the many other leads that she has played, her participation in roles like “Susanna” in The Marriage of Figaro, or “Donna Elvira” in Don Giovanni embody much vibrancy and integrity.
Through the development of her voice as a singer and actress, she has crossed over into other media such as voice over commercial work and vocals for pop/main stream music productions. She has recently participated as a vocalist and violinist in the albums of artists such as international jazz pop artist David Longoria, Latin pop singer Erick Bolivar, Grammy-nominated percussionist Souhail Kaspar, and American Idol’s Seysha. Over the last few years she has unraveled her musical skills as a songwriter/composer/arranger and has even had some small victories acquiring music placements on TV shows (NCIS, short film “Sumtin’ Like Dat”, The Dictator) for herself and some of her colleagues. Her singing can also be heard on the hit tv show "Jane The Virgin", "Castle" and "Shameless" amongst others.

Education
Michelle completed her Associates of Arts for Music/Music Education at the age of 18, and got later graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's of Arts for Musical Theater and Music Business, as well as from Florida International University with a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor my lessons to my student's needs, style, abilities, and goals. Learning is truly a fun and passionate adventure for me, and my enthusiasm has consistently been a contagious quality :) I love to challenge myself & my students to discover how immense their true potential is, and I create a safe and fun environment to explore such facets.

My curriculum is combination of solid tradition (Suzuki method for piano & violin, and Bel Canto technique for singing) interwoven with pop-culture, and modern influences. Within the first 3-6 months, my students will know the basic building blocks of music - which includes scales, arpeggios, triads, intervals, technique, and performance repertoire; and for my singers this will include proper breath technique, tone placement, support, very often increased vocal range (both high and low), and will feel significantly stronger vocally and more confident getting up to sing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full size Keyboard, mics, pro tools, Violin (electric, acoustic, and Chinese Ehru)

*** Specialties ***
Specialties include:
- Audition technique and prep
- Vocal Technique
- Violin Pedagogy
- Acting Audition Technique
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John V. August 14, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Great introduction to violin.
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Tashaun Stanfill February 9, 2016
Film Acting · Online
Verified Student
Simply Amazing
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Anthony P. February 5, 2016
Spanish · In studio
Verified Student
My son likes her. First day of class and he said he loved his class.
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Michelle G.

Michelle G.

North Hollywood, CA 91606
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA

All levels. Audition technique.

About Tanya

I have taught all ages, K-12 as well as adults into their 80's.
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Valentina Q. July 2, 2016
Hip Hop Dance · In home
Verified Student
She is very good we love hear
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Eric S. July 29, 2015
In home
Verified Student
Tanya has a special gift for teaching dance. She really understands all of the elements that go into a properly executed dance move, and more importantly, she really knows how to explain those elements in an approachable manner. I will definitely be purchasing additional lessons with Tanya.
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Toka M. June 13, 2014
Verified Student
I wish I could've kept going with you but I have money circumstances.
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Tanya A.

Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Emily B.

Topanga, CA

With more than two decades of experience working as a professional SAG-AFTRA/AEA actor in Los Angeles, New York, and many places in between, coaching others to build their best auditions and reach their potential as actors and performers has become a passion of mine.

Private Coaching services include, but are not limited to:

* Private Audition Coaching
* College-Specific Audition Coaching and Monologue Selection
* Audition Material Selection Assistance (especially for young women - I have a lot to look through!)
* Work Up a Challenging Role
* Vocal Work and Public Speaking
* Song-As-Monologue Coaching
* "I want to be an actor - where do I start?" Consultation

About Emily

Whether the focus of a session is on building a stellar repertoire of audition pieces, working on a difficult role, getting deeper into the language of Shakespeare, or song-as-monologue work for musical theatre actors, my approach to private coaching is centered around meeting the needs of the client. My goal is to help you reach yours through the development of technique, confidence, and helpful tools you can use to further cultivate your talent outside of our sessions.

Read my post for the Take Lessons blog here: http://takelessons.com/blog/the-actors-life
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westin C. June 28, 2016
Film and TV Acting · In home
Verified Student
FANTASTIC TEACHER
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Rex H. February 1, 2016
Acting · In home
Verified Student
Emily is professional, fun and engaging. Our daughter looks forward to her time with her each week. We love her!
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Kenny H. July 24, 2015
Film and TV Acting · In studio
Verified Student
My lesson went really well, I was a bit nervous at first but Emily did a great job of making me feel comfortable and really helped me out a lot!
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Emily B.

Emily B.

Topanga, CA 90290
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Alexandra W.

Los Angeles, CA

I've been teaching acting for 5 years and my students have gone on to gain acceptance into Harvard University, Yale University and NYU. I specialize in audition technique, cold reading technique, Shakespeare performance, scene study, voice, speech, physical acting, and character creation. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels! I can't wait to meet you!

About Alexandra

Alexandra has a BA from the University of Southern California (Recipient of Doolittle Award: Outstanding Female Performer of graduating class) and an MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Acting has taken her to Paris, London, and Moscow and has given her the opportunity to work with exceptional artists, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Gaiman, Scott Zigler, and Kevin Bright. She coaches students privately and is currently teaching at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and The
New York Film Academy. She is also a monthly column contributor to the popular online arts magazine, Bleep.
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Blanca G. September 7, 2016
Acting · Online
Verified Student
Amazing!
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Tomilynn H. August 27, 2016
Voice Acting · Online
Verified Student
Alexandra is awesome!!! She is easy to understand and makes the class go by so fast... I always look forward to the next class.
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Amanda August 19, 2016
Film and TV Acting · Online
Verified Student
Very pleasant and extremely helpful! Thank you!!!
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Alexandra W.

Alexandra W.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
(19)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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David T.

North Hollywood, CA

For over 30 years now acting has always been my absolute passion in life! I have the experience and training to coach actors who are either beginning their journey with acting or are well experienced actors who are looking to bring more color and light to their work. so they will stand out in front of the casting director or make their tape unique from the rest. Acting is my passion, and I love to share that passion with others so they may reach their dreams of becoming a working actor.

About David

I have been an actor for over 30 years now with credits from televisions top rated shows such as NCIS and NCIS New Orleans and CSI Los Vegas. Film credits such as Pleasantville, Swing Kids and Stay Tuned. With series regular roles on One life to Live and Young and the Restless where I was nominated and received an Emmy for my work for Best Young Actor. I have the experience and training to coach actors who are either beginning their journey with acting or are well experienced actors who are looking to bring more color and light to their work. To make them stand out in front of the casting dire
ctor or make their tape unique and different from the rest. Acting is my passion, and I would love to share that passion with others so they may reach their dreams and experience life as a working actor.
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Luke V. September 17, 2016
Acting · Online
Verified Student
My son's first lesson with David was incredible. David is easy to follow and has my son excited to study acting & learn more from him.
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mark jackson August 31, 2016
Voice Acting · Online
Verified Student
It was a very good first session. We had enough time to get to know one another and begin a program for advancing my skills.
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Adam P. August 23, 2016
Improv Acting · Online
Verified Student
Excellent instructor!
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David T.

David T.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
(26)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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